If I am lucky I have about 20 minutes in the morning before the kids charge down demanding to be fed then marshalled through their morning routine and out the door to school. This all to brief 20 minutes is when I I fill my battered espresso maker and pop it on the stove to brew up my morning jolt. My mornings are sacred and my morning coffee ritual is sacrosanct.
My dilapidated stovetop espresso maker is something that desperately needs to be replaced. I haven’t got round to it yet. I use it to brew a thick, artery-clearing, dark caffeinated syrup. My morning coffee is more like a cortado than a latte or cappuccino.
It’s this first coffee of the morning that kicks me out of my slumber, gets me ready for the day, gets the adrenaline running. My morning coffee ritual is sacred.
1. It’s my space and time to start the day
2. My morning coffee ritual is part of my self-care routine
3. Those first 20 minutes gives me time to reflect and plan out my day
4. I use this time to prepare myself for the morning onslaught of children
5. I get twenty minutes to listen to Radio 4, all by myself, with no interruptions
6. I can sneak a peek at the Guardian
7. That smell of freshly brewed coffee, it makes me happy
8. I am only truly a human when I have drunk my first cup of #coffee of the dayI am only truly a human when I have drunk my first cup of #coffee of the day Click To Tweet
9. My sacred morning coffee ritual, it gives me the gift of time
10. I love the ritual of making my morning coffee
Shock, horror, coffee could cause cancer
A couple of weeks ago I read, on my way to work, that in New York, coffee companies will soon have to put cancer warnings on their products.
What am I supposed to drink? Matcha tea?
What about my morning coffee ritual? Is it under threat?
According to Cancer Research UK, my morning coffee ritual is safe.
‘The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a group of international cancer experts convened by the World Health Organisation, has just concluded that there’s no strong evidence that coffee increases your chances of cancer.’
And there might be benefits to drinking coffee
Yup. That’s true. Start lining up the dark stuff.
There is emerging evidence that coffee might actually reduce some types of cancer.
And Havard Medical School notes that drinking moderate amounts of coffee might actually be beneficial. Studies have shown that coffee drinkers might have a reduced risk of:
- Cardiovascular disease (including heart attack, heart failure, and stroke)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Parkinson’s disease
- Uterine and liver cancer
The short-lived panic is over.
My sacred morning coffee ritual is safe.
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